Ian Holloway explains what has 'damaged' Nottingham Forest, predicts Cardiff clash

Holloway & Freedman

The Sky Sports pundit has been previewing Forest's Championship clash against Cardiff.

Ian Holloway believes Cardiff City will beat Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday afternoon, according to his regular Sky Sports predictions column.

The former Premier League and Championship manager backed against Cardiff last week but was shocked to see them then go on to beat Wolves.

On Forest, meanwhile, Holloway has discussed their play-off defeats of recent years - which he believes have 'damaged' the Midlands club.

The pundit also feels Britt Assombalonga remains a 'huge loss' for Nottingham Forest despite already being out for such a lengthy period.

Holloway told Sky Sports: "What a fantastic result for Cardiff last week at Wolves, who I fancied strongly. I've learned my lesson and I'm going for an away win here.

"Those four years that Forest lost in the play-offs has damaged the club. Obviously they are a great bunch of fans and they could come good at any minute but Britt Assombalonga is a huge loss, he's a goal machine."

Cardiff and Nottingham Forest boast similar records from their opening four Championship games, with the key difference being the Bluebirds remain unbeaten.

The one game Forest lost, though, Russell Slade's men simply drew, with three stalemates in a row preceding their win against Wolves. As a result, Cardiff are seventh ahead of their trip to the City Ground.

Nottingham Forest, meanwhile, won their last Championship clash but were on the receiving end of a dramatic 4-3 defeat to Walsall in the Capital One Cup during midweek. Then again, the Bluebirds also lost in the Cup...

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